KOGAS bolsters energy security with world’s biggest LNG terminal

LNG storage tanks are seen inside Incheon LNG Terminal operated by Korea Gas Corp. (KOGAS). Courtesy of KOGAS

INCHEON – Korea Gas Corp. (KOGAS) is helping the country prepare for a potential global energy crisis by maximizing liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage at the world’s largest LNG terminal in Incheon, according to the state-run LNG supplier, Friday.

Located on the country’s west coast, the Incheon LNG Terminal receives imported fuels, stores them, and distributes them to the capital region — Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi Province — where half of the country’s population resides and account for 70 percent of the nation’s LNG needs. To ensure the efficient management of this critical facility, KOGAS has developed technologies for fuel preservation and established routine procedures to minimize accidents and enhance site security.

The terminal began commercial operations in 1996 when the first LNG tanker from overseas docked at one of its two unloading stations. The terminal has 23 storage tanks all designed with resistance to earthquakes up to magnitude 7. Eleven of them hold 89,400 온라인카지노 tons each, 10 holding 44,700 tons each and 2 holding 62,580 tons each. The total storage capacity is over 1.55 million tons and regasification (the conversion of LNG to natural gas) capacity is 6,270 tons per hour.

Out of five LNG terminals run by KOGAS nationwide – Pyeongtaek in Gyeonggi Province, Samcheok in Gangwon Province, Tongyoung in South Gyeongsang Province, Jeju Island and Incheon – Incheon terminal has the highest storage and vaporization capacities. In 2010, an accumulated amount of natural gas processed at the terminal reached 100 million tons.

Built on 1.4 million square meters of reclaimed land five kilometers off the coast, the terminal has two LNG unloading docks, one for ships smaller than 75,000 tons and the other for ships smaller than 127,000 tons. Once the fuel-carrying tankers are docked, the terminal unloads and transports fuel to storage tanks. There, the fuel goes through a regasification process before being pipe-delivered to residential gas providers or local power plants for industrial use. A daily LNG supply by KOGAS amounts to 10 tons on average.

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